"Astoria Sea Lion" by Gary Sheldon
We understand. Really, we do. Every time you go outside, the mud sucks the galoshes right off your feet and you're living inside your parka hood, so why on Earth would you consider...blech
...camping? This seasonal blindness to Oregon's natural beauty means that Oregon Wild's photo contest
comes at just the right time to remind you: Hey, there is
a reason we live here! It's friggin' gorgeous! Sometimes.
The photo contest began five years ago, as a way to highlight beautiful, endangered Oregon places. This year, they picked the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area in Southwestern Oregon, which gave outdoor photographers plentiful material to work with. The area has been compared to Yellowstone in sheer natural beauty, and also encompasses part of the coast.
Five winners were chosen in five different categories: Wildlands, Wildlife, Waters, Endangered Places, and a Kid's category. Pictured here are the winners from the Wildlands category (Gary Sheldon, with "Astoria Sea Lion", top photo) and the Waters category (Jody Ellis, with "Sparks Lake", above).
The winning photos and honorable mentions will be unveiled tonight at Tribute Gallery on Broadway.
The exhibit is free and will feature beer provided by Rogue and wine provided by Lemelson Vineyards. Entrance is free, although a $5 donation is suggested. Framed prints of all the displayed photos will also be available for purchase.
Oregon Wild 2009 Photo Contest at Tribute Gallery, 328 NW Broadway #117, Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free.